Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
Following New York lawmakers passing a bill earlier this week to legalize adult-use cannabis, Bernie Sanders, the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, is urging national reform.
“Marijuana should be legal nationwide,” Sanders tweeted on Tuesday. “It is absurd and idiotic that the federal government considers marijuana to be as dangerous as heroin.”
Cannabis legalization was a key plank in Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. president in 2020.
If elected, Sanders vowed to legalize cannabis within his first 100 days in office by using an executive action, as well as vacating and expunging all past cannabis-related convictions.